Thursday, 4 March 2010

My Favourite Art Shop

I moderate a Flickr Group called My favourite art shop. The idea is that it a place where fellow art shop enthusiasts can share photos of their favourite art shops.

Good art shops can be really hard to find and and my experience is that it's getting more difficult all the time to keep track of the good ones. However devotees will travel miles to visit a good art shop!

Let's also not forget that patronising good local art shops will hopefully keep them from going under during the downturn. The idea is this Flickr group is a sort of cheerleading group for really good art shops. Mediocre shops don't get a look in!

Experienced art shop detectives can often tell from looking at pictures whether this is the sort of art shop they like the best. The pool of photos may therefore provide an incentive for a future visit by an artist - even if the shop is in another country! Or maybe for other art shops to improve their standards of stock and display?

The group shares visual information about the type of art store you like and what sort of art materials are available. This is the group photo pool. I've personally loaded photos of:
I like to see photographs where people explain what we're looking at and a little about the type of art materials which are kept in stock.

The group is 'public - invitation only' and all submissions are moderated. The rules are very simple

Do be helpful to other members of this group and provide some notes about your favourite art shop and what your photos show

1) post photos in this group unless you asked permission of the shop owner/manager before taking them
2) promote an art shop that you have any sort of commercial relationship with - eg as an owner, member of staff or an affiliate.

My favourite art shop / Rules

If you've posted on Flickr about your favourite art shop and would like to share your photos in this group you can send me a message on Flickr (to makingamark2) to get an invite to join.

You can find the group at

Note: This group is for personal use only and should NOT be used:
1) by art shop owners, art shop managers or affiliates of any art store to promote their store for commercial purposes.
2) BY artists to promote their artwork

Art Supplies in the UK - Resources for Artists
Do you have problems finding art shops or sites providing artist supplies or just anywhere that has got that illusive item that you want. Do you forget who stocks which range? This site provides details about where to find fine art materials and art supplies in and around the UK. It shares details of online suppliers and the locations of retail shops and stores that you can visit as a retail or trade customer.

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